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Bears contact Jeremy Bates

Jay Cutler may get his wish of being reunited with Jeremy Bates.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Bears have contacted Bates, USC’s offensive coordinator, about Chicago’s vacant offensive coordinator job.

Cutler would be thrilled if Bates came to town. Bates was on Mike Shanahan’s staff in Denver when Cutler was the Broncos’ quarterback, and the two had a close enough relationship that when Shanahan was fired, Cutler said he’d ask to leave if Bates didn’t stick around. Bates didn’t stick around, and Cutler did, in fact, ask to leave.

The 33-year-old Bates, who played college football at Tennessee and then transferred to Rice, has also been an assistant with the Buccaneers and the Jets. His father, Jim Bates, was an NFL defensive coordinator.

Although big names including Charlie Weis and Mike Martz have been discussed, Bates is considered the leading candidate. The Bears are also apparently considering adding University of Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to their coaching staff.

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16 Responses to “Bears contact Jeremy Bates”
  1. PatricktheDookie says: Jan 6, 2010 3:48 PM

    Good combination, but it shows the rest of the team that Cutler is more important than Lovie Smith.

  2. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2010 3:58 PM

    Yeah, rely on the lobbying and/or judgment of Cutler for coaching decisions. He has clearly demonstrated his excellent decsion-making ability on and off the field the last year.

  3. TechnoHawk says: Jan 6, 2010 4:03 PM

    The Bears are also apparently considering adding University of Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to their coaching staff.
    Yup, the NFC North will be shaking now.

  4. GoBears84 says: Jan 6, 2010 4:17 PM

    alright!

  5. Plankshelmet says: Jan 6, 2010 4:19 PM

    I would love to banter back and forth with you Packer and Vikqueen fans about your comments but the problem is YOU ARE ALL 100% CORRECT !!!!!!! Its certainly a said day in Chicago when we are pining for the start of baseball to start……the horror…..the horrror…..

  6. DCViking says: Jan 6, 2010 4:23 PM

    That’s be great news for the Gophers if Jedd Fisch went to the Bears!

  7. Pack_Attack says: Jan 6, 2010 4:23 PM

    The Bears continue to be…well…The Bears.

  8. Colorado Thistle says: Jan 6, 2010 4:33 PM

    Drinking buddy.

  9. cusoman says: Jan 6, 2010 4:33 PM

    “The Bears are also apparently considering adding University of Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to their coaching staff.”
    If that happens, you’re going to see a lot, I mean, A LOT of Cutler to Hester throws. Being one dimensional in always passing is one thing, but when your one dimension basically gets cut in half because you pass to the same guy 80% of the time, it’s that much worse. That’s very much what Jedd Fisch did this year.

  10. Midway Monster says: Jan 6, 2010 4:41 PM

    At least there will be no excuses for Cutler if this happens. I still dont think they will get a decent coordinator to come to the Bears knowing it might be just a one year deal. Let the party begin…

  11. BroncFanOr says: Jan 6, 2010 4:47 PM

    I hope he brings a large supply of diapers and pacifiers to keep Cutler happy.

  12. Midway Monster says: Jan 6, 2010 5:01 PM

    @BroncFanOr
    Still upset about those picks Orton threw the other day huh? Too bad the last pick you got from us will have to be combined with several other picks to get a “franchise” QB. But keep on the Bronco bandwagon. I love to go to the Denver Post and read how all the Bronco fans are just loving the McDaniels era.

  13. tv says: Jan 6, 2010 5:18 PM

    Wow – Woody on PTI nailed this one on the head before it happened!

  14. The Hormel Row of Fame says: Jan 6, 2010 5:20 PM

    “The Bears are also apparently considering adding University of Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to their coaching staff.”
    The Gophers have an Offensive Coordinator? Based on their mix-n-match playbook… “We are a passing offense. No we are a running offense…wait we want the QB to throw AND run. Now we run the Wildcat…”. I thought it was offensive Playbook-By-Committee…of 3rd graders. DON”T DO IT CHICAGO!!! OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE DIVISION!!!
    Speaking of 3rd graders, who is plankshelmet talking to…himself? Vikqueens? C’mon, dude. You can be more original than that. That name was more than played out 15 stories ago…just today. Come back when you have something worthwhile. Nope, changed my mind, go away. I’m done with you.

  15. BroncFanOr says: Jan 6, 2010 6:14 PM

    Guess what? The fans aren’t exactly singing Cutler’s praises in Chicago either.

  16. Ron Mexico says: Jan 7, 2010 10:13 PM

    PatricktheDookie says:
    January 6, 2010 3:48 PM
    Good combination, but it shows the rest of the team that Cutler is more important than Lovie Smith.
    Dookie, sorry to break this to you, but Culter is more important to the team than Lovie.

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